Increased Success in 5 Stages

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  • Quote: ― Author Unknown

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The best way to succeed in this world is to act on the advice you give to others.

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Successful people schedule these 5 activities into all of their days

Looking at the way successful people schedule their days can help you alter your own schedule so that you can maximize your success every day of the year. With the help of studies conducted on high-achievers, we have pointed out five activities that successful people schedule into their daily routines so that you can catch a glimpse and learn a few things from people who have already seen success.

 

1) “The Morning Ritual.”

When you get your morning ritual down, you can start your day out with the same strong foundation every time you open your eyes. “Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high achievers,” and she discovered a few things that you may find useful. “They rise early. Almost all have a morning ritual.” The reason you want to wake up early is so that you can get your mind on the right track before any outside influences can push in and change your course of action for the day. “Before demands are made on you. Before your goals for the day have competition.” Getting your goals in line and your day in control helps you truly take charge of your day in the fashion that you want.

2) “Important Work First Thing – With No Distractions.”

Your work that is the most pressing deserves the best of your attention. “Research shows that 2.5 to 4 hours after waking is when your brain is sharpest.” This means that when you get into the office, your first few hours are pivotal to your success for the day. They are the hours when your mind has the potential to be the clearest, the most focused. “Studies show that alertness and memory, the ability to think clearly and to learn, can vary between 15 and 30 percent over the course of a day. Most of us are sharpest some two-and-a-half to four hours after waking.” Rather than scheduling all of your meetings for the morning so you can get them out of the way, schedule your time to do your work in the mornings and hold your meetings for later. Allow the problems of the day to sit on hold while you use clarity and a fresh mind to tackle the work that requires the most thinking first thing in the morning.

3) “Regroup When You Slow Down.”

The next thing that all successful people schedule into their day is time to regroup when their mind needs to take a break. Rather than attempting to push through the energy drop, they take a moment to reset their mind. “What you need next is a mini-version of your morning ritual. Review your goals and the progress you’ve made this morning.” The reason you want to stop and look back on the work you’ve done is two-fold. On one hand, you want to be able to look and see the progress you have made so you can re-evaluate what you need to do with the rest of your day. “Harvard research shows nothing is more motivating than progress.” Allow yourself some time to check out your progress for that boost of energy, and then re-apply yourself to your goals for the rest of your workday.

 

4) “Meetings, Calls and People Stuff in The Afternoon.”

If your energy in the morning is going to be spent on your own work, your energy in the afternoon can be spent on other activities that involve conversations with other people. “When energy is high, that’s when you want to focus on creative, challenging work. When energy is low, do busy work.” Therefore, you have the ability to do the busy work when your mind is less sharp. In fact, “Research shows the afternoon really is the best time for meetings – specifically, 3pm.” So stop scheduling your meetings for first thing in the morning and allow the afternoon to take up the space for that. In fact, “When tasks are dull and you’re feeling distractible, friends can make you more productive.” So the meetings you are in can actually be helpful in the afternoons, yet could be distracting in the mornings.

 

5) “A Relaxing Evening.”

“Though successful people do work long hours, the greats almost all take the evening off to recharge.” You want to work hard, and you will likely work a lot, if you want to be successful. However, just like any type of energy – you need to refuel in order to meet your maximum level of productivity the next day. “According to the American Psychological Association, the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby.” Allow yourself the evening to engage in these stress-reducing activities so that you can lower your stress levels and recharge your batteries before they’re needed to work at maximum productivity levels the next day.

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Integrity Defined in 8 Great Quotes

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  • Quote: ― Zig Ziglar
  • Article: Have you noticed that if you break integrity down it could look like “in grit”? Just what does integrity mean? A path in integrity is often not an easy path. So much can be avoided if we choose another way. We may even get grit on us. But the high road is the safest and best way.  Here are eight quotes selected from Success.com’s web sit that helped to focus me as definitions of integrety. (http://www.success.com/article/what-does-integrity-mean-anyway)

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It is true that integrity alone won’t make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one.

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“Somebody once said that in looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if you don’t have the first, the other two will kill you. You think about it; it’s true. If you hire somebody without [integrity], you really want them to be dumb and lazy.”
—Warren Buffett
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson“Integrity has no need of rules.”
—Albert Camus“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”
—Samuel Johnson“There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity.”
—Tom Peters

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.”
—Albert Einstein

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have.”
—Abraham Lincoln

“I believe in integrity. Dogs have it. Humans are sometimes lacking it.”
—Cesar Millan

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Goal Setting Hacks When the Motivation Weakens

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  • Quote: ― Author Unknown
  • Article: Some personal thoughts on keeping goals alive.

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When the world says, “Give up, Hope whispers, Try it one more time!”

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Goal Setting Hacks

I love dawns!

When the sun first appears bringing a golden glow for a brief moment to the world. The sun brings each day a new beginning open to opportunity and success. The truest fact is that any constraints we have are imbedded in fear and all it brings with it. I read today a great thought to begin a year on. We begin a new book with 365 blank pages. Write a great book.

Today is for many the first workday of the year. The elation and promise of the New Year is quickly dropping as we face the same conditions as we faced a few days ago before the holiday break. I thought it might be a good time to share some guidance I have been given over the years on goals.

We set goals each year. Almost as soon as they are made, they are broken. We may make another attempt to reach the goal, but more often than not we just move on a little less for the failure. I believe the problem is less with the goal than with the process. Here are a few of my thoughts on the better ideas to remember when we approach goals.

  1. Before anything take a while to review the things you have to be grateful for and write them down.
  2. Never forget that the reason you want this change is because it is something that you both know you need to do and something that will be hard. Don’t fear that which is hard.
  3. When you take the next step DON’T set goals, establish plan to develop habits that will take you to where want to go.
  4. Write everything in the first person present. Rather than writing “I will,” write “I am.” Make it personal and something you can visualize.
  5. If the objective is going to take a long time to reach then set short term milestones that you can measure and feel a sense of accomplishment along the way.
  6. Be specific and visualize it with clarity and clear focus. Use this visualization as inspiration as well as a way to keep you on track.
  7. Always phrase with positive words not negative words. The negative will not inspire, it is the positive will inspire.
  8. Be aware of the following – a) Ridged vs. Fluid, keep it flexible; b) Sense of Accomplishment vs. Sense of Failure, remember focus on direction that can change avoiding failure; c) Scope of the Change, again flexibility is critical while keeping the end in mind; d) Keep you future I mind; e) Think in terms of broad changes rather than specific behaviors (encourage the ability to experiment); f) Think in terms of what you’d like to ADD to your life, rather than what you’d like to take away.
  9. Finally, remember when we don’t keep a habit we know that it can be changed. Persist and then you can prevail.

Wishing you a success filled year — the one you planned and executed for an expected return!

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